Nicholas Hersh

The Modesto Symphony Orchestra Association has announced that the Board of Directors has named Nicholas Hersh as Music Director! He will be the ninth music director in the Californian orchestra’s 93-year history.

Hersh was Associate Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and maintains a close relationship with the National Symphony Orchestra, leading concerts throughout Washington, D.C.

Hersh grew up in Evanston, Illinois and started his musical training as a cellist. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Stanford University and a Master’s Degree in Conducting from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, studying with David Effron and Arthur Fagen. In 2011 and 2012, he was a Conducting Fellow with the prestigious American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, studying with mentors Robert Spano, Hugh Wolff, and Larry Rachleff, and has participated in masterclasses with Bernard Haitink and Michael Tilson Thomas. Hersh is also a two-time recipient of the Solti Foundation Career Assistance Award.

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